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His Master’s Voice: the Media and the Afghan war

His Master’s Voice: the Media and the Afghan war

  • February 12, 2012
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Lieutenant-Colonel Daniel L. Davis will not be a very popular man in the Pentagon or the White House right now.  His report on the Afghanistan war Dereliction of Duty II, which has just been leaked by Rolling Stone magazine, is a lucid, compelling and ultimately devastating analysis of the discrepancy between what politicians and generals have been telling the public about the war and what is actually taking place on the ground.

A serving officer in Iraq and Afghanistan, Davis’ scathing critique is based on 9,000 miles travel back and forth across Afghanistan and conversations...

Death March of the Terror Germs

Death March of the Terror Germs

  • February 10, 2012
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Governments that have nothing much else to offer their populations except ‘security’ are always keen to remind us what a dangerous and insecure place the world really is, and what deep trouble we would all be in if they weren’t out there taking out rogue states,  firing drones at terrorists in Pakistan, Somalia or Yemen...

Drone Pilots: Pass the Medals and Styrofoam Cups

Drone Pilots: Pass the Medals and Styrofoam Cups

  • January 31, 2012
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There’s an interesting article by George Monbiot  in today’s Guardian  on the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) by the U.S and UK military.   Monbiot challenges claims by the Obama administration that these weapons cause few or no civilian casualties, and argues that UAVs represent “one of humankind’s abiding fantasies: to vaporise their enemies,...

What Iran Wants: the Day of Judgement

What Iran Wants: the Day of Judgement

  • January 30, 2012
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Supporters of war against Iran often justify their urgency on the grounds that Iran is not just a ‘rogue state’ but a mad state whose leadership is intent on a nuclear-engendered apocalypse.   According to this school of thought the Iranian regime is motivated by an eschatalogical philosophy peculiar to Shia Islam seeks to bring...

Let’s all live in one big happy barracks

  • January 27, 2012
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There’s a good piece by Mark Levine on the Al Jazeera website about Barack Obama’s glorification of the U.S military in his State of the Union address, which    began with the fatuous and utterly delusional observation  ‘ We gather tonight knowing that this generation of heroes has made the United States safer and more...

Thucydides in Hormuz

  • January 16, 2012
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There have been few periods in history like ours, in which one state or group of states have been able to make war on whoever they want, secure in the knowledge that their own countries are effectively immune to retaliation,  and regardless of whether the objects of military force have made any directly aggressive...

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